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God's Word for the coming week...

Philippians 3:20-21 Let us reflect this week on the reality that our citizenship is in heaven.
Dates To Remember...

  • Sept  24 & 25-Cardboard Box City       
  • Oct 2nd-Clean-up Day for Family Promise
  • Oct 3rd-9th-Family Promise       
    Contact Lynne Ciliento for information
Remember in Prayer...

  • Bobbie Imlay is in Riverview Hospital Room 546 undergoing rehab.
  • Those in the congregation who continue to deal with health issues.
  • Family Promise-many will be lead to volunteer and that God will be glorified during the week we host the families in need.
  • Continue to keep the “Funding Drive” in your thoughts and prayers.

The Gospel Is Not Politics

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.  He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.”  - Philippians 3:20-21 (NRSV)

In more ways that we can easily county, Christianity has become highly politicized in our current age.  Much is made over the reality that the United States is no longer a “Christian” nation.  We speak of “faith-based initiatives.”  The political left and the political right both stake claims for their agendas on the soil of Christian principles.  Many Christians have even “parted company” on the basis of their political views, who they voted for, or their stand on a civil liberties issue-all as if “salvation itself” rested on these very issues.

Certainly as Christians we have a role and responsibility to act in accordance with our faith while we live in this world.  But by the same token we must remember that our “real” citizenship is not “in this world.”  Our citizenship, our true “belonging” is in heaven, and we eagerly await the return of Jesus Christ, who as the scripture says, will transform our human bodies to be like his glorious body for all eternity (see above scripture).  In other words, this world is not our home, it is temporary, and we are just passing through.

The gospel transcends local, national and international politics, geographic boundaries, forms of government, and ethnicities.  The gospel is the power of God to save everyone who believes.  And most importantly, the gospel cannot be chained!  Even though Paul was imprisoned by an oppressive Roman government, the gospel still advanced (Philippians 1:12).  Paul told Timothy that “The word of God is not chained.” (2 Timothy 2:9).  In other words, regardless of whether or not political circumstances are “favorable” to Christianity, the gospel will still advance.

The upshot?  The gospel is not dependent upon politics to do its work.  As Christians, it is not our job to “fix” a broken world or a broken political system.  Influence our political systems as we are able, perhaps, as the Lord wills.  But the power to save others does not rest in politics or a particular form of government.  The gospel transcends politics.  The gospel is not chained.  It has often been said that in the early church, Christianity spread on the blood of the martyrs:  meaning that no matter how brutal a government may have sought to oppress Christianity through killing its members, the church grew exponentially nonetheless.  The same is true today.  The gospel is God's power to save.  Nothing can stop God's work.

Connecting ... to the church family at Monmouth & the community

Introductory Class- Biblical Hebrew
Friday Evening, 7:00-8:30PM-Rix Home
Starts Friday, October 1, 2010
An introductory class Biblical Hebrew will begin on Friday, October 1st.  The class is designed to give an high-level overview of how the language works and implications for translation and study of the Old Testament. 

Several in the congregation have already signed up and are ready to go! 

If you are interested in joining the class please contact Charles Rix within the next week so that adequate class materials can be prepared.



Cardboard Box City 2010

Did you know that on any given day in Monmouth County there are 242 children who are homeless? A recent report by the National Center on Family Homelessness estimates that New Jersey is home to 7,557 homeless children.
Family Promise can help. We are proud to sponsor our 1st annual Cardboard Box City event, a homeless awareness and fund raising event on Friday, Sept 24, 2010, on the grounds of Monmouth Church of Christ in Tinton Falls. Participants will sleep overnight in a cardboard box and dine from a soup line to let our community know that we really do have homeless families right here in Monmouth County.  Family Promise is a communitywide program that provides transitional shelter and comprehensive assistance for families in Monmouth County in a manner that offers hope, preserves dignity and promotes self-sufficiency. Family Promise of Monmouth County opened its doors in 2001, and has since served more than 130 families. 


September Hostess of the Month - Vernell Fuller

Cleaning Team for coming week - Team  Fuller